Saturday, 7 May 2011

The First Pentecost

This is the final children's talk to end the series on The First Easter. It is based on the events Luke recorded in Acts 2:1-41.
The First Easter ended with the apostles,
the men that Jesus had chosen to send out as His witnesses
to tell everyone about Jesus, waiting in Jerusalem.
Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

So listen quitely while I tell you the story of what happened next:

It was 10 days after Jesus was taken back to heaven,
50 days after Jesus rose from the dead,
and the apostles were still waiting, all together in one place.
Jesus had promised that they would get power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.
At last, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came!
There was a rushing sound: Whoooosh! Like a strong wind: Whoooosh!
Then the apostles saw a fire – and they saw little flames of fire.
The flames were resting on each of the people who had waited for the Holy Spirit.
Now, the Holy Spirit had come! The apostles weren’t waiting any longer!
The Holy Spirit was here, filling the apostles with power… and filling them with words, as well.
Words bubbled up inside the apostles like a fountain.
The apostles couldn’t help themselves,
suddenly they were all talking and talking and talking about Jesus!
Soon, a crowd of people gathered. And the apostles kept on talking, telling everyone about Jesus.

Everyone could understand what the apostles were saying:
people from many different countries, who spoke many different languages.
10 days after Jesus went back to heaven, the Holy Spirit came,
filling the apostles with power to tell people about Jesus.

“What does this all mean?” some of the people began to ask.
They were amazed and bewildered. They didn’t understand that the Holy Spirit had come
filling the apostles with power to tell people about Jesus.
So Peter stood up with the rest of the apostles, in front of the crowd,
and Peter began to talk to the people about the Holy Spirit.

“What is happening today is just what was promised in Scripture.
Long ago, through His prophets, God promised to send His Holy Spirit.
Today, God has filled us with the Holy Spirit so that we can tell you:
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!’”

Peter told the crowd about Jesus:
“The Jews handed Jesus over to be put to death on a cross,
but it was all part of God’s plan to save you.”

Then Peter said, “God raised Jesus from the dead.
This is what David wrote about in Scripture, writing,
‘God will not abandon Me to the grave, God will not let His Holy One rot.’
David was writing about the King whom God would send, Jesus the King, Jesus the Christ.
God did not leave Jesus in His grave-tomb to rot. God raised Jesus to life,
and we – Jesus’ apostles – are all witnesses who tell you that this is true!”

Lastly, Peter told the crowd, “God has taken Jesus up to heaven,
to sit next to God on His throne. God has made Jesus the Christ-King of heaven.”

Wow! Everyone heard what Peter had said, and understood Peter’s words.
But the people in the crowd did not know what to do next!
“Since Jesus died to save us, what should we do to be saved?
Peter said Jesus is God’s King, the Christ, so what shall we do to obey Jesus as our King?”
Peter had an answer for the people who asked “What shall we do?”
Peter told them to turn away from their sins. Peter told them to be baptised.
Peter promised them that their sins would be forgiven in Jesus’ name.
Peter promised them that the Holy Spirit would come upon them
and fill them with power to tell everyone about Jesus as well.
And so many, many people believed in Jesus and became Christians on the First Pentecost.

Peter told the crowd that his promise was for children as well.
Peter said, “This promise – that your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the Holy Spirit
– is for you and for your kids, for everyone whom the Lord calls to Himself.”
You can choose to turn away from your sins as well.
You can choose to stop doing the wrong thing and start doing the right things.
You can choose to obey Jesus as your King.
If you do, your sins will be forgiven in Jesus’ name.

When you believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit will come into you as well,
just as the Holy Spirit came into Jesus’ apostles.
And you can tell people about Jesus.
You can tell people that Jesus died, and God brought Jesus back to life.
You can tell people that Jesus is God’s King in heaven, and Jesus is your King too!
Perhaps you can use the First Easter story book that you made
to tell your family and friends about Jesus.
The Holy Spirit will help you to tell people about Jesus.
All illustrations are copyright 2011 Chrissie D. She drew them specifically for our program. (Isn't she wonderful?) The illustrations have deliberately been resized to about 10% of their original size to prevent people copying and re-using Chrissie D's original art without permission.

If you would like to use this story, the illustrations or the accompanying program including materials for activities and songs with your children or church or in some other way, please leave a message on the blog and I will get back to you directly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am doing the Children's Story at my church this Sunday, based on the Pentecost story. It is hard to find good illustrations geared toward kids. I love the ones here that Chrissie did. Would you be willing to email them to me in full size so I could hand them out to the kids for coloring? I know it is so last minute. I just found these!